W. Ko, J. Pediani, D. Bovell
Aug 16, 1995
We have explored the properties of a Ca2+-dependent cell-signalling pathway that becomes active when cultured equine sweat gland cells are stimulated with ATP. The ATP-regulated, Ca2+-influx pathway allowed Sr2+ to enter the cytoplasm but permitted only a minimal influx of Ba2+. Experiments in which cells were repeatedly stimulated with ATP suggested that Sr2+, but not Ba2+, could become incorporated into the agonist-sensitive, cytoplasmic Ca2+ store. Further evidence for this was provided by experiments using ionomycin, a Ca2+ ionophore which has no affinity for Sr2+.